BDA pulls up contractor for flooded Ring Road underpass

In what may come as small relief to disgruntled Bangaloreans, BDA says it has issued notice to the contractor building the Kadubessanahalli underpass on the Outer Ring Road (ORR). The completed section of the underpass (south going) flooded due to overnight rains on Tuesday May 1st, throwing Wednesday morning’s commute into a gridlock.

The flooded Kadubeesanahalli underpass on May 2nd morning. This picture, taken by an as yet unnamed photographer made the rounds yesterday both on Facebook as well on email.

R K Misra, ABIDe member and urban reforms campaigner posted on Facebook about the gridlock deploring the state of affairs. "Recently opened underpass BDA’s Outer Ring Road near Marthahalli. Design flaw or poor upkeep?", he said.

"The entire ring road is a farce, engineering is pathetic", commented Satya Sankaran in frustration, a Facebook user. "Somebody should calculate the cost of man hours lost due to the 6km jam in the morning – people came in two hours late", commented Taran Hukku, another Facebook user.

Misra also said in his post that he had asked BDA to investigate.

After a May 1st holiday that saw very quiet roads, citizens were in for a shock on ORR near Marathahalli on May 2nd morning. The south going direction towards Kadubeesanahalli jammed severely causing a backup to Marathahalli and further up north past the Kalamandir point. The trouble was due to the completed underpass at Kadubeesanahalli was flooded due to the heavy downpour on May 1st night.

Disgruntled commuters in buses and private vehicles reached their offices between 1-3 hours late, by most estimates.

Cisco Systems, a global tech major with a large campus off ORR very close to the Kadubeesanahalli intersection issued an advisory at 7.14 am. "Employees coming from Sarjapur road side to Campus are recommended to come via Wipro corporate office, Doddakannelli village and enter the campus through rear gate", wrote Poornapragna A, Head of Security in his emailed note.

The Outer Ring Road Companies Association was also active in advising commuters to use the HAL Airport Road and Inner Ring Road to reach Koramangala instead of the ORR.

The ORR had gone into gridlock by 8am.

Speaking to Citizen Matters, BDA Assistant Executive Engineer B Nagendra said that the fault was the contractor’s. "The problem was due to the stormwater drainage that was not connected to any point. The process is on to connect this with a pipe into the lowest point – Doddanekundi", says Nagendra.

According to BDA’s agreement with the contractor, a kilometre-long pipe should have been there. Nagendra further added BDA has sent notice and assured that the problem will be solved.

The Kadubeesanahalli intersection has already become a massive mess in the northbound direction in the evenings. This is because of the manner in which traffic coming from Iblur/Agara towards Marathahalli is entering using a narrow slip road and a specially carved up underpass lane.

The debacle of May 2nd turned out to be a warning for everyone who travel by this stretch of the ORR, as this was merely the first rain of the season.

4 Comments

  1. Instead of blaming the contractor, what were the officials doing at the construction stage . Either they choose to ignore for goodies or they are not qualified to supervise.

  2. Completely agree with Divya on this one. the whole signal free corridor project stinks of another scam. I wonder if an RTI can bring out the feasibility / requirement assessment done for this project.

  3. Blame game on from BDA. This road was heavenly – the Kadubeesanahalli junction was not a major one and the road was wide with the service roads on either side itself holding 2 lanes each of traffic. The main road easily serviced 4 and 4 lanes on either side. That is a whopping 12 lane road. And I have no idea why we even needed an underpass here. The whole concept of a signal-free ORR is already going to the dogs. Since they started work on this underpass two years ago – the road has become more and more of a nightmare 🙁 And I shudder to even think of how many hundreds of crores have gone into creating this nightmare – it is like we pay taxes to make our lives miserable!

  4. Absolutely shameful!
    Can’t believe they didn’t do a proper inspection to check all this before opening it up!
    I really hope they stop giving these contractors any more work! They’ve already delayed the flyovers work by more close to 2 years now!

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